Santa Steam Trains 2020 – 5th to 24th December 2020

Make your Christmas extra special by joining us on our Santa Steam Trains. It’s the perfect start to your family Christmas...

We're delighted to confirm that Santa will be back at the Great Central Railway in 2020, and he'll be visiting passengers in our beautifully restored compartment coaches this year to allow for social distancing.

Pre-booking is essential for our Santa Express.


National "lockdown" from 5th November to 2nd December 2020
Following the Prime Minister's announcement of a new national lockdown beginning on 5th November, our Santa Express trains on 28th, 29th November and 2nd December 2020 are postponed.Customers who have booked online for these trains will be contacted by e-mail before the close of business on Monday 2nd November with options regarding their booking.Thank you for your support during these difficult times and we look forward to welcoming you back to the railway as the situation improves.Santa Express trains after 2nd December are currently unaffected and expected to go ahead as planned.


Santa has swapped his sleigh for a fun filled journey on an enchanting steam train. Ride on board our award winning Santa Specials and let Father Christmas surprise you with a an exciting present at your seat and a chat with the man himself! We look forward to welcoming you for some pure festive magic.

Santa is really looking forward to seeing all the children again and will visit each compartment during your Santa Express journey, to help Santa please make sure you fill in all the details when you book your tickets.


All of our Santa Express and Winter Wonderlights train services have been fully risk assessed and are permissible under the current government regulations concerning the Covid 19 pandemic. As required we will be updating the risk assessments to cover any new regulations that the government may announce during the next few weeks on an ongoing basis.

In the event of a situation arising, due to the Covid situation and/or government regulation , where we have to cancel any or all of the Santa or Winter Wonderlights train services, the Great Central Railway will offer a full refund against purchased tickets.

In the event of this situation arising, please go to our web site for details of how to claim your refund, All claimed refunds due to the above will be treated with priority.


This year's event

For this year only, our Santa Express trains will be departing from Quorn & Woodhouse Station, LE12 8AG, with departures as per the timetable below.

Tickets start at £69.00 for a compartment for up to 4 people and £76.00 for a compartment of up to 6 people, please remember to bring a face mask as these have to be worn on the station platform, whilst boarding and disembarking from the train. You are able to remove them once you are settled in your compartment, remember each compartment can take up to 6 people, so bring your family and friends along. Remember prices are for the compartment.

Why not stay around a little bit longer, our Butler Henderson Café and nostalgic Tin Shed Shanty bar will be open throughout serving hot food, real ales, ciders, wines, prosecco and hot mulled wine and soft drinks for the younger ones.

Our station yard will be full of Christmas cheer with a Christmas Village, fun fair for the children including Howards Steam Gallopers.

Entry to the yard is free on production of your travel ticket.

Santa Express times

The Santa Express departs from Quorn & Woodhouse station (LE12 8AG) this year. A car park is available at the station.

Date Departure times
from Quorn & Woodhouse
Compartment for up to 4 people Compartment for up to 6 people
Sat 28th Nov 10:00 11:45 13:50 15:40  £69.00 £75.00
Sun 29th Nov 10:00 11:45 13:50 15:40  £69.00  £75.00
Wed 2nd Dec 10:00 11:45 13:50 15:40  £69.00  £75.00
Sat 5th Dec 10:00 11:45 13:50 15:40  £79.00  £85.00
Sun 6th Dec 10:00 11:45 13:50 15:40  £79.00  £85.00
Wed 9th Dec 10:00 11:45 13:50 15:40  £79.00  £85.00
Sat 12th Dec 10:00 11:45 13:50 15:40  £89.00  £95.00
Sun 13th Dec 10:00 11:45 13:50 15:40  £89.00  £95.00
Wed 16th Dec 10:00 11:45 13:50 15:40  £89.00  £95.00
Sat 19th Dec 10:00 11:45 13:50 15:40  £89.00  £95.00
Sun 20th Dec 10:00 11:45 13:50 15:40  £89.00  £95.00
Mon 21st Dec 10:00 11:45 13:50 15:40  £89.00  £99.00
Tues 22nd Dec 10:00 11:45 13:50 15:40  £89.00  £99.00
Weds 23rd Dec 10:00 11:45 13:50 15:40  £89.00  £99.00
Thurs 24th Dec 10:00 11:45 13:50 15:40  £89.00  £99.00



Bookings are being taken online only at present, and we also intend to offer a booking by phone service soon as our staff continue to return.



Disabled passengers

If you wish to make a booking that will include one or more disabled passengers, please email with your preferred date and time or telephone us on 01509 632315 so that we can make any necessary arrangements for your visit.


Frequently asked questions

Q. Why are Santa trains starting from Quorn & Woodhouse this year?

A. Quorn & Woodhouse station enables Santa and his elves to provide social distancing for your safety this year. Please follow the instructions from the stewards and station staff on your arrival. There is also lots to see and do on the yard, with a Christmas market, a fun fair and Christmas offerings from the Butler Henderson Cafe and Tin Shed Shanty Bar.

Q. How is the Santa Express different from your Santa Special and Santa Deluxe trains in previous years?

A. Due to the unusual circumstances in 2020, we will be using compartment coaches this year to allow each group to be seated in their own compartment. Each separate order for tickets will be allocated to an individual compartment.


Q. Tickets are priced by compartment this year... Why do I need to choose the number of people attending?

A. It's very important that Santa and his helpers know how many people will be on the train, for everyone's safety, and to ensure that enough presents are loaded on to the train,


Q. Why do I need to choose the age of the children when booking.

A. Knowing the children's ages in advance helps Santa to select a present which is appropriate to the child's age.



Customer Cancellation Policy

Customer cancelled bookings will not be refunded. However, with MORE than 10 days notice to your Santa date, we will endeavor to transfer your booking to another service. With LESS than 10 days notice, we will attempt to transfer you to another service upon payment of £3.00 per person administration fee.

No refunds can be provided for visitors who do not arrive at Quorn & Woodhouse in time for the booked departure time of their Santa train.

Car parking

You need to reach Quorn & Woodhouse Station, Woodhouse Road, Quorn LE12 8AG. A car park is available. We recommend that you allow at least 30 minutes before your booked departure time to allow for parking and walking to the station.

All of our Santa services in 2020 depart from (and return to) Quorn & Woodhouse Station. You'll miss the fun if you visit our other stations, Loughborough, Rothley or Leicester North.

Please ignore any brown "tourist signs" to Great Central Railway, other than ones marked Quorn.


Passengers are conveyed by the Company's trains in accordance with the Company's "Conditions of Carriage" (as shown on this website). All train services, locomotives, exhibits and other attractions appear subject to availability and are subject to change without prior notice.


Our next running day

Due to the new national lockdown from 5th November 2020, our train services are currently suspended.

Customers who have booked for services between 5th November and 2nd December are being contacted regarding their booking.

Our Santa and Winter Wonderlights trains after 2nd December are currently unaffected and expected to go ahead as planned.

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